Keep Suffolk Beautiful Hosts Recycling Drive At Nansemond River High School

Published 7:37 pm Friday, August 19, 2022

Keep Suffolk Beautiful holds its next Recycling Drive for Suffolk residents from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Nansemond River High School, 3301 Nansemond Parkway.

This is a free event that provides Suffolk resident’s an opportunity to properly recycle or dispose of items they may have accumulated in homes over the summer.

Document shredding, one of the most popular and active features of the upcoming event, will be managed by the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office and the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Deputies also will be available to answer any questions about identity protection. Please note that the document shredding station will limit residents to three grocery bags of documents during busy hours.


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Many other items will be taken for disposal or recycling, including: electronics (no tube TVs or TVs larger than 42 inches); gently used clothing; wares; batteries; plastic bottles and jugs No. 1 and No. 2; cardboard, paper, and magazines; plastic bags;  and glass containers.

SPSA Waste Solutions also will be on site to collect household hazardous waste to include: oil, gasoline, cleaners, propane tanks, paint, pesticides, and CFL light bulbs and more The disposal of such items is limited to either 75 pounds or five liquid gallons. Suffolk residents must provide proof of residency.

The Lion’s Club will be collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Boy Scouts will be collecting U.S. flags in need of being properly decommissioned.

“Every year, Americans are targeted and become victims of identity theft, usually from someone stealing their personal identifying information,” City of Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Narendra Pleas said. “Shredding documents, outdated identification, and other materials containing your personal information is one of the best methods to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft.

“To encourage our citizens to help combat this type of crime, we, along with the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office, will assist with the upcoming shred event hosted by Keep Suffolk Beautiful.”

Roger Fournier of Goodwill, a longtime Recycling Drive partner, said the organization is proud to partner with the city to reduce the environmental impact of gently used clothing, household items and electronics.

“Last year, Goodwill kept nearly 40 million pounds of donated items out of area landfills,” Fournier said. “With the turn of the season upon us, it’s a great time to clean out and donate; and this partnership with Suffolk provides an easy and convenient way to donate.”

Keep Suffolk Beautiful will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, deodorant and soaps. All collected items will then be donated to ForKids. In addition, Suffolk Mosquito Control will be present to give out information, as well as provide Suffolk residents with packs containing two mosquito dunks.

The most recent Recycling Drive held in March 2022 was successful in keeping more than 24,000 pounds of waste from reaching local landfills. This works in concert with its Adopt Program and community cleanups, which removed more than 45,000 pounds of litter off the Suffolk streets this past year.

Keep Suffolk Beautiful officials praised Nansemond River High School, Suffolk Sheriff’s Department, Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, TFC Recycling, SPSA, Suffolk Public Works, the Lion’s Club, Goodwill, Shred-it, and all of their many volunteers for their participation and service in this recycling event.

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